5 Reasons To Watch Avengers – Age Of Ultron

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1. James Spader voices Ultron. Forget James Earl Jones as the voice Darth Vadar there is a new James in town and he is funny, sarcastic, insightful with a dash of irony!
2. At 2.5 hours long you can eat that family size tub of popcorn and feel no guilt – this movie was made for popcorn and perhaps nachos.
3. Try and spot Loki.
4. Paul Bettany looks good in red!
5. The Thor hammer joke is good.

Joss Whedon with Avengers: Age of Ultron makes it a more intimate story within a story that harks back to his Toy Story days. However, do not fear as it is still: bombastic, CGI filled, twists and turns and contains a cacophony of superheroes spanning the whole Marvel empire.

Where do you go after writing the third biggest grossing movie of all time? You have to go bigger and the stunts are gigantic. The preview of the film was shown in 3D and that is a saviour for the action scenes as they are long CGI overload affairs. Yet you have to have a story and what is that – a lot of religious ideology – the word made flesh – J.A.R.V.I.S is more than a computer: he takes human form, together with witty jokes and Thor’s cloak but in gold lamé. It’s a genesis of a new type of Avengers who in evolving find themselves going back to their roots.

This is a popcorn movie at its best with several story arcs but do we really care about those. Whilst the movie can stand alone – you don’t have to be a completist i.e. have seen Avengers, Thor, Iron Man 1 and 2, Captain America and Hulk although it would help. I found myself looking at things in glorious rainbow technicolor and writing down: the red man, metal man with wings, purple man – this is one for the fans and purists alike. At times I was lost and my Marvel history lacking. Wonderful, witty, self referential form – lots of jokes for adults and kids alike which Joss Whedon is a master at.

The film generates more questions than it answers. Do Jarvis and Ultron represent the two sides of Tony Stark? World domination and the wonderful it topic of 2015 – Artificial Intelligence are all thrown into the mix. The Hawkeye character finally gets a backstory although it does feel slightly turgid. The only character not to be really drawn out is Captain America who just seems well a bit one dimensional. At the press conference a number of the actors including Chris Evans and Paul Bettany said that for them the most interesting story arc of the movie was that of the emerging love story between Hulk and the Black Widow. I would have to agree. Whilst Joss Whedon wouldn’t be drawn as to whether he plans to write another Avengers film everything “finishes” with Avengers 3 in mind: especially after the end credits and the purple man – what’s he doing there?

Go and enjoy spending 2.5 hours of your life watching some silly fun and enjoying the baritone voice of James Spader as Ultron.

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